West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP), University of Ghana

2024 WACCBIP-PUBGEM World Hearing Day Stakeholder Engagement

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The West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP) actively participated in a stakeholder engagement seminar organized by the University of Ghana Medical Centre in Accra, Ghana, on Monday, March 4, 2024, to climax this year’s World Hearing Day. The seminar served as a platform to share insights and foster dialogue on pertinent issues surrounding hearing impairment, particularly focusing on genetic investigations within deaf families across Ghana. During the seminar, the WACCBIP team, under the leadership of Dr. Lucas Amenga-Etego (Head of the Genomics and Bioinformatics Unit, WACCBIP) delivered a comprehensive presentation highlighting the findings from systematic genetic investigations conducted on deaf families across Ghana. This presentation aimed to provide valuable insights into the genetic aspects of hearing impairment, fostering a deeper understanding among stakeholders. The team initiated crucial dialogue on genetic testing policy considerations in newborn hearing screening, addressing pressing issues and potential strategies for implimentation.

Live event: Yes
Screening: No
Traditional media: Yes
Social media: Yes
Met with individual policymakers: Yes
Participation of policymakers: Yes
Participation of influencers: Yes

WHO educational or publicity material used: Yes

Dr. Lucas Amenga-Etego Talk on Genetics of Defaness in Ghana

Participants and stakeholder groups

Dr. Jemima Fynn (Audiologist) KBTH – Talk

UGMC Management Team at the event

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